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Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Dick Tracy Meets Karloff)(Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure) (1947)

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Befitting his status as a genre star, Boris Karloff earns top billing over leading man Ralph Byrd in RKO's final Dick Tracy caper. The former Frankenstein monster plays an escaped convict masterminding a daring bank robbery. To get in and out of the bank without being noticed, the gang uses an asphyxiating gas that leaves anyone inside momentarily frozen in place. Everyone, that is, except for bank customer Tess Truehart (Anne Gwynne), who is able to contact Dick Tracy (Byrd) from a phone booth in the bank. With little or no clues, Tracy and his man Friday, Pat Patton (Lyle Latell), question the bank customers but none can shed any light on the mysterious goings-on. The disappearance of Dr. A. Tomic (Milton Parsons) and the odd behavior of his associate, Dr. I.M. Learned (June Clayworth), crack the case wide open, however, and Tracy is eventually able to track down both Gruesome and the surprising identity of his boss, L.E. Thal (Edward Ashley). According to some reports, RKO wanted to release Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome as "Dick Tracy Meets Karloff" but that title was vetoed by Karloff himself. The legendary horror star apparently later accepted his own box-office value and a 1949 Universal comedy was released as Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff.

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Cast

Ralph Byrd
as Dick Tracy
Boris Karloff
as Gruesome
Edward Ashley
as L.E. Thal
June Clayworth
as I.M. Learned
Milton Parsons
as Dr. A. Tomic
Jim Nolan
as Dan Sterne
Joseph Crehan
as Chief Brandon
Robert Clarke
as Fred, police analyst
Lex Barker
as Ambulence Driver
Harry Harvey Jr.
as Humphrey, a guard
Lee Phelps
as Police Detective
Sean McClory
as Carney, Beat Cop
Harry Harvey
as Bank Guard
Ernie S. Adams
as Bartender at Hangman's Knot
Phil Arnold
as Sneezing customer
Harry Strang
as Tim, Hospital Room Guard
William Gould
as Hospital Entry Guard
George Lloyd
as Bar Manager
Jason Robards Sr.
as Bank Manager
Bert Roach
as Crandall, a customer
Jason Robards Sr.
as Mr. Fax, bank vice pres.
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Critic Reviews for Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Dick Tracy Meets Karloff)(Dick Tracy's Amazing Adventure)

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Entertaining B-level programmer.

July 24, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

The reason this lively B-film reaches greatness is the thoroughly delicious performance by Boris Karloff as the vicious thug Gruesome.

March 14, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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